Many people determine their attitudes about the public relations field by what they see being portrayed by pop culture through both television and movies. In the past, many television shows have showcased the “world of the public relations practitioner.” A few shows or movies that pop into my head are Sex in the City, Criminal Minds, Wag the Dog, Hitch, Thank You for Not Smoking and so many more.
The newest television series based on the PR field is Bravo’s new reality show Kell on Earth, which follows the fabulous Kelly Cutrone, who is the founder and co-owner of People’s Revolution and her staff. Airing on Bravo on Monday nights, the series takes a glimpse into the world that is known as Fashion PR. Only one episode has been released so far. With the round the clock schedule, high pace life, and the fact they are performing a different task for each of their clients it’s easily recognized from this episode that the public relations field is a crazy one. One in which the practitioner must take on many roles. Attracting not only the fans of the public relations industry, but all fashionista’s as well I think that this particular show will get more viewers than shows from the past.
The first installment of the series is titled Walk in the Park. This episode introduces you to the life style and people who make up People’s Revolution. In this episode, Kelly and her team take on Mercadies Benz New York Fashion Week but potential disaster strikes with a serious computer glitch that interferes with their client Chado Ralph Rucci’s seating/ guest list only hours before the show starts.
Will this be good for the PR Industry?
As a PR student the two things that I took away from the first episode of the show is the importance of timing and organization when it comes to events and your company. Making sure that once tasks are divided up among your employees you should then have a board or task sheet where it is written on. I also recognized just how important timing is to planning events. Sometimes, like in this particular episode some, things beyond our control mess up at the last second. If they would have completed the task, in this case the seating chart, the day before the event then they would have been able to fix the problem without the client knowing.
I think only time will tell. I was once told that around the same time that a popular TV series, portraying the public relations industry, receives a lot of fame…colleges who offer a degree in public relations usually sees a rise in the amount of people majoring in public relations. However, I do think that this series will give a more in-depth look at just one of the hats that public relations practitioners wear and show the world that what we do is worth hiring for.